The following texts cover the research which has been conducted to date on mindfulness and related practices, as well as possibilities for future research and the engagement of psychology with mindfulness and Buddhism:


Bortoft (1998). Goethe’s scientific consciousness. Institute for Cultural Studies.

Macy, J. (1991). Mutual causality in Buddhism and general systems theory: The Dharma of natural systems. Albany: SUNY Press.

General Psychology

Kwee, M. G. T. (Ed.) (2010). New horizons in Buddhist psychology: Relational Buddhism for collaborative Practitioners. Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications.

Watson, G., Batchelor, S., & Claston, G. (Eds.) (2000). The psychology of awakening: Buddhism, science and our day-to-day lives. York Beach, ME: Samuel Wieser, Inc.

Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology

Hanson, R. with Menduis, R. (2009). Buddha’s brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdon. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Siegel, D. J. (2007). The mindful brain: Reflection and attunement in the cultivation of well-being. New York, NY: W. W. Norton and Company.

Siegel, D. J. (2010). Mindsight: Transform your brain with the new science of kindness. Oxford: Oneworld.

Mainstream Social Psychology

Langer, E. J. (1989). Mindfulness. Reading, MA: Perseus.

Langer, E. & Moldoveanu, M. (2000). The construct of mindfulness. Journal of Social Issues, 56 (1), 1-9.

Langer, E. J. (2009). Counter clockwise: Mindful health and the power of possibility. London: Hodder and Stoughton.

Qualitative and Experiential Research

Bentz, V.M. & Shapiro, J.J. (1998). Mindful inquiry in social research. London: Sage.

Depraz, N., Varela, F.J. & Vermersch, P. (2003). On becoming aware: A pragmatics of experiencing. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Company.

Olendzki, A. (2010). Unlimiting mind: The radically experiential psychology of Buddhism. Boston: Wisdom.

Nanda, J. (2005). A Phenomenological Enquiry into the Effect of Meditation on Therapeutic Practice. Existential Analysis, 16 (2), 322-335.

Pagis, M. (2009). Embodied self-reflexivity. Social Psychological Quarterly, 72 (3), 265-283..

Varela, F.J., Thompson, E. & Rosch, E. (1991). The embodied mind: Cognitive science and human experience. London: MIT Press.